Dan Pashman is the creator and host of WNYC's James Beard Award-nominated food podcast The Sporkful, where Dan and his guests obsess over the details of eating to uncover truths about food--and people. The Sporkful isn't for foodies, it's for eaters.
Typical Sporkful episodes range from a look at what it's like to go out to a restaurant when you're in a wheelchair to an investigation into what the sounds foods make are telling us to interviews with popular comedians and entertainers.
Dan is also the host of Cooking Channel's James Beard Award-nominated web series You're Eating It Wrong, and a contributor to NPR, Slate, BuzzFeed, and LA's KCRW. His first book, Eat More Better: How to Make Every Bite More Delicious, was published in 2014 by Simon & Schuster.
Before starting The Sporkful, Dan worked as a radio and print journalist and producer covering news, politics, music, and culture for NPR, Vanity Fair, Slate, and the Washington Post. He's reported from the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries and the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay.
Dan is originally from Upper Saddle River, NJ. He's a graduate of Tufts University and currently lives outside New York City with his wife and two daughters.
Dan Pashman appears in the following:
Friday, March 16, 2018
From St. Patrick's Day to Cinco de Mayo, holidays from specific cultures and religions have been embraced by people looking for a reason to celebrate. What's gained and what's lost?
Thursday, March 01, 2018
Walk in to just about any bar in America today and you'll see a row of fancy vodka bottles all lined up. Some people swear by one brand or another, but there is a federal law that requires all vodkas to be pretty much the same, so the Planet Money team decided to test them.
Tuesday, August 01, 2017
A new series from The Sporkful podcast, “Your Mom’s Food,” explores why some cultural traditions are passed down through generations, and others aren’t.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Food played a big role in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Dahl's other books. His daughter remembers fanciful "midnight feasts" and says her father used mealtime to test out new characters.
Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Parks jotted the recipe down on the back of an envelope. A Library of Congress curator says "this recipe is quintessentially African-American."
Monday, February 27, 2017
In this special Sporkful investigation, we order sandwiches around New York City to find out whether places make smaller sandwiches for women.
Monday, February 20, 2017
Is it possible to experience total food joy, when you're always afraid that something you eat will make you sick? Our look at life with food allergies continues.
Monday, February 13, 2017
Amy Pearl loved meat -- until a steak almost killed her. We hear her riveting (and hilarious) story, and explore how allergies change your relationship with food and people.
Monday, February 06, 2017
The co-host of Good Muslim Bad Muslim tells us how to share food without killing the romance, and why she wishes guys she dates would stop trying to out-Muslim her.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Conan’s sidekick tells us why he chose a really nice refrigerator over a sports car. And he traces his issues with weight back to a childhood ice cream outing with his grandmother.
Friday, January 27, 2017
At a busy restaurant with counter service, is it OK to claim your seat before you get your food? A listener calls in with an ethical quandary.
Monday, January 23, 2017
We eat fresh mozzarella with the former Van Halen frontman and drink beer out of paper cups with the legendary French chef. It turns out neither of these guys is who you think they are.
Monday, January 16, 2017
We follow one woman’s quest to get better coffee in her office, culminating in a companywide taste test. Plus we ask experts whether caffeine actually makes us more productive.
Monday, January 09, 2017
Last year Dan spoke with a young woman who was on the verge of developing an eating disorder. This week he speaks with her again to see how she's doing one year later.
Monday, January 02, 2017
Shake Shack’s Danny Meyer explains why tipping is a hoax, which questions his servers aren't allowed to ask, and how his dad's bankruptcies affected him.
Monday, December 26, 2016
Sporkful listeners and Dan reveal what they resolve to eat more of in the new year. Plus we replay one of our weirdest, favoritest shows from 2016.
Monday, December 19, 2016
We deliver food to elderly New Yorkers who can't shop or cook for themselves, and talk with them about the role food plays in their lives today.
Friday, December 16, 2016
If the food at a restaurant just isn’t your taste, should you send it back? A father and daughter disagree, so Dan and Kenji Lopez-Alt of Serious Eats weigh in.
Monday, December 12, 2016
We talk with coquito masters in Harlem and a moonshiner in the Bronx to learn about the holiday drink that’s the centerpiece of a Puerto Rican Christmas celebration.
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
The Top Chef host talks about food memories from her childhood in India, the challenges of straddling two cultures, and the judgments people make about her body and her brains.